Senior staff leave gaming firm Ubisoft in harassment probe

Senior staff leave gaming firm Ubisoft in harassment probe

Senior staff leave gaming firm Ubisoft in harassment probe

Three more high-profile Ubisoft executives have resorted to resigning as serious misconduct allegations continue to mount amid ongoing investigations.

He says the company fell short of its "obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive environment" for employees.

It says he can not continue in the role, given recent allegations that have come to light against multiple employees in Canada.

The most prominent casualty of this cleanout is chief creative officer Serge Hascoët.

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"This is unacceptable, since toxic behaviors are in stark contrast to the values for which I have never compromised - and never will".

The director of Ubisoft's Canadian studios, Yannis Mallat, is also leaving immediately, because "recent allegations that have come to light in Canada against multiple employees make it impossible for him to continue in this position", the statement said. During this time, Mr. Guillemot will personally oversee a complete overhaul of the way in which the creative teams collaborate.

Additionally, Ubisoft will be appointing a new Global Head of HR to replace Cécile Cornet, who has made a decision to step down from this role, as she believes it is in the best interest of the Company's unity. The company, which has 18,000 employees worldwide, of which 22 % are women, "has also chose to restructure and strengthen the function" human resources and will do audit and improve its policies and procedures " in the matter, she assured.

At Ubisoft, the allegations have so far led to the departure of senior executives. At the end of June, of such anonymous witnesses of employees or ex-employees of Ubisoft had appeared on Twitter, aimed for executives at studios in Toronto and Montreal, but also in Brazil, Bulgaria and the United States, and on facts sometimes going back several years.

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This is all part of a "comprehensive set of initiatives", which were announced to Ubisoft employees on the 2nd of July.

Alleged incidents include a creative director licking the face of a female co-worker during an office party, and a manager demanding oral sex from a colleague. "I am working hard to implement drastic changes across the company to improve and strengthen work culture", he has declared Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft.

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